FCC Commissioners Mike O’Rielly and Jessica Rosenworcel sought help today from the chairs of the Republican Governors Association and Democratic Governors Association to convince states to respond to the FCC’s annual data-collection for its report on 911 fee diversions and to stop diverting funds.
In a letter to Gov. Bill Hasiam (R., Tenn.) and Gov. Jay Inslee (D., Wash.), Commissioners O’Rielly and Rosenworcel said, “Recently, the FCC began its examination of 9-1-1 fees collected in 2017. We believe it is imperative for the agency to collect this information from all states and territories and seek your assistance to help ensure that we get the responsive information we need. Moreover, we ask that you consider efforts to halt 9-1-1 fee diversion going forward and encourage those states that have diverted fees in the past to commit to corrective measures.”
A report released in January said that six states diverted 911 fees in 2016 and seven states and territories did not provide the requested information to the Commission (TR Daily, Feb. 7). Commissioner O’Rielly has followed up with states and territories that have diverted funds or not responded to the FCC’s information request.- Paul Kirby, firstname.lastname@example.org